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Live, online webinar: Incorporating laser scanning and point clouds into your ARCHICAD model

Live, On-line Webinar: Incorporating Laser Scanning and Point Clouds into your ARCHICAD Model

The Arizona State Fairgrounds Grandstand Building, a 1938 WPA project built of concrete and steel—with some adobe, is in need of recordation as the original blueprints are gone. And that meant coming up with complete new sets of measured drawings. Estimates suggested the measuring alone using traditional methods would take 15-20 surveyors about 3 months to complete at a cost of at least US$250,000. Yet the surveying project was completed in only four days with post-processing taking another week. Drawings using the laser and photogrammetry data are now moving towards completion.

Magic? No—the latest technology innovations. Because instead of taking manual measurements and creating a digital building model, the combined Arizona and Oregon-based team used 3D scanners and drones to generate “point-clouds” containing all the necessary geometric information of the entire structure including all interiors at a high level of detail and accuracy (+/- 2mm).

ARCHICAD19 can read the most commonly used point-cloud file formats and use them to create the corresponding 3D geometry instantly. So you, too, can align your design or your as-built documentation project with automatically-generated, 100% accurate point-cloud 3D geometry information, dramatically reducing the time spent on surveying while eliminating errors and saving money.

Want to know more? Join us for a live, online webinar on December 8. We will be joined by Philip Allsopp, Senior Sustainability Scientist and Adjunct Professor with the Julie Ann Wrigley, Global Institute of Sustainability, at Arizona State University. Phil will present a fascinating case study about the groundbreaking use of 3D laser survey and point clouds with ARCHICAD 19.

You’ll learn how Phil and his team at Smart Pad Living (, and ToPa3D ( captured an as-built model of the Arizona State Fairgrounds Grandstand Building in record time using laser and drone scans. ARCHICAD19 imported 4 billion data points of the front and side scans of the building in less than a minute. The project’s end goal is to produce a special set of as-built record drawings, known as HABS (Historic American Building Survey) drawings for the Library of Congress.

Please register for any of the dates/times below to join the free, online seminar!

For Australia and Asia (English):
Tuesday, December 8, 2015; 4:00 PM AEDT (Sydney Time)
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For Europe, Middle-East and Africa (English):
Tuesday, December 8, 2015; 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM GMT (London Time)
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For the Americas (English):
Tuesday, December 8, 2015; 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PST (Pacific Time, Los Angeles)
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System Requirements

  • Desktop: Microsoft Windows Vista or later; Apple Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or later
  • Mobile: Apple iOS 7 or newer; Google Android 4.0 or higher; Microsoft Windows 8 or Windows RT

For more details on system requirements, please visit the corresponding GotoWebinar page.

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